500 guns reported stolen in Durham County in 2015, some end up at crime scenes

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — CBS North Carolina has learned disturbing new information about the huge number of stolen guns and ammunition on the streets of Durham.

Durham police records indicate that nearly 400 guns were reported stolen in 2015 while in Durham County, the sheriff’s office reports an additional 150 stolen guns. Some of the stolen guns are ending up at other crime scenes.

“It’s kind of scary,” Durham resident Richard Yvarra said. “Something to think about,”

Investigators say that a lot of the guns are taken during home and car burglaries.

“If you’re going to own a firearm you should lock it up,” Yvarra said.

Durham police have recovered 67 of the stolen guns and confiscated another 600 for various reasons.

Durham resident Alicia Smith worries about all the guns not found.

“You never know who could have one,” she said. “It could be the person beside you.”

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